WHAT IS AMANDA"S APPROACH TO THERAPY ?
My approach to counselling is eclectic and client-centered. I provide a safe context for clients to share their stories, process and reframe life difficulties, and discover strengths and emotional resources. I offer a down-to-earth, genuine and warm perspective that addresses unhelpful thinking and inspires personal growth and well-being. This approach is intended to support self-exploration, revealing your own solutions and leaving you feeling powerful and in charge.
Because people are complex beings, my approach is integrative and draws on multiple therapeutic modalities including, brief solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness principles. I operate from a Humanistic Theoretical Model of care, where optimism and hope are primary themes and I am influenced by Family Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, and Positive Psychology. This means that my perspective considers close personal relationships, life meaning, and the importance of connection and positive emotion in working toward your goals.
WHAT ARE AMANDA'S QUALIFICATIONS?
I have experience supporting people with a vast array of mental health difficulties and co-occurring disorders. I have worked in community settings and group homes as well as in post secondary administration for well over a decade. I completed an Honour’s degree in Psychology as well as Master’s degree in Lifespan Development Psychology, where my research focused on well-being and close personal relationships. I am Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a member of The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).